The universe is an amazing thing. Well over a billion light years away. In less than a 10th of a second. 2 black holes – one was 29 times the mass of the sun, the other was 36 times the mass of the sun. Its ridiculous. Its an amazing time to be alive.
This is exactly how my other half, who has a degree in Cosmology, described this finding to me…as amazing as it is, I do think I glazed over at some point in the conversation and started to think about anatomy and how amazing our own bodies are …being made from star stuff, our own skin, organs, muscles, bones..such a complicated system we still don’t fully understand how our own brain functions or how to use them completely, some of us don’t even know we have a brain ..
We are a wonder
We are amazing
Yet we get stuck in judgements, thoughts of the past, hatred, killing, trying to make others follow the religion WE think is right.
Not eating enough Lemon Drizzle Cake!
Chocolate (90% Lindt for me please..thanks)
Wonders of the universe on your doorstep
Enjoy every second for you only get one go at it..allegedly!
Look at it another way – when you have Plantar Fasciitis, you probably are rolling a ball under your foot, stretching it out, trying to get some relief, and thats what I used to tell people to do too…and thats ok, because it just might work for you.
Now though…look at it this way..Plantar Fasciitis is a symptom..do you know why its like that, what the cause is?
Would you rather treat the cause and have it go away rather than just treat the symptom?
Your body has a line of connective tissue called Fascia, in this picture its in blue, its not like that in real life though 🙂
Your plantar fascia also connects to the calves and glutes too..wow! your body is so amazing!
So thats why I look to the calves and the glutes..
Heres what I did to a client who volunteered for me to have a look at their Plantar Fasciitis issue
I tested the strength of their calf muscles
Then I tested their gluteal muscle
Turns out the calf was tender in some areas, I released that, got the glutes functioning again to release the pain under the foot.
Of course they have home exercises to do everyday, and come back and see me to retest everything within 7 – 14 days, as I don’t want any of my clients wandering around with pain thats been unresolved
That makes me feel like I’ve not done my job properly
I don’t like that
I am hoping that you wouldn’t like me to be that unprofessional either!
Changes that last and that reduce pain and tight muscles?
Change that reduces tight hamstrings, weak glutes and tight shoulders?
Before you think ‘Ive lost it and 7 days isn’t long enough, then you are right..it isn’t! However, I love to prove you wrong, but I’m not out to to impress you, Im just simply looking for a way that works, that constantly proves its assessments are thorough, and hat doesn’t leave me hunting or guessing.
So, to test my theory, to see if what I have learned was going to work, I needed to test it on real people. Is that illegal in some countries? Maybe!
Anyway, I posted in a local Facebook group(its great for somethings!) for someone who had SI Joint pain, and this lady stepped up. With pain in her SI joint (sacro-iliac), that was my focus in the first sessions.
She is dedicated and did her daily homework, which didn’t take more than 5 mins a day.
She came back in the second week as a follow up, so I could check her homework and she could give me an update.
Those follow up appointment are crucial, the body works in patterns, unravelling the main one can uncover others..and that showed in this second appointment.
A further posture check to see what, if anything, had changed
And rather than guessing at what needs stretching because its tight, I used NKT protocols.
As a pattern detective in training, I assessed her movement patterns.
That means checking how effective was her hip flexion, knee flexion, arm flexion. What pattern does her brain have in its software to use these movements?
A chat about her history gave me a few clues, checking her posture assessment gave me more clues, and checking her organised and disorganised muscles gave me other clues.
I felt like a proper Poirot!
Assess, I don’t guess.
You are unique
Just because you have SI joint pain doesn’t mean the painful area needs stretching.
Just because you have tight neck doesn’t mean it needs stretching. You could be stretching a muscle thats exhausted , has been hanging on for so long its knackered and is telling you its had enough, its pissed off, it wants you to get those other muscles working pretty quick.
Which muscles to test though?
We looked at her right shoulder which was rolling inwards from a tight pec minor. When thats pulling forward then something in the back changes.
After testing a few muscles, her mid and upper Trapezius muscle turned out to be a little bit unorganised, as well as her Latissimus Dorsi.
The tests don’t take long, checking the work and being thorough means you do take time though to ensure that the pattern you have found holds.
Thats the fun of being a pattern detective..
Before and After photos in just 7 days, yep, we’ve still got work to do on that hip. Homework in her second week is for glutes, psoas and trapezius. Why those? Because they all showed up as being disorganised by testing patterns.
Difference in hip heights is very common, you may well find you have one leg longer than the other.
Ive got that 🙂
I noticed it a few years ago, when I wore my workout trousers, one trouser leg was longer, actually touching the floor, the other was shorter…I tried to blame my trousers, maybe they were made like that, or had shrunk in the wash or something.
Nope…my pelvis had a little bit of a rotation.
If you were born with 1 leg shorter than the other, then its more of a hardware issue, rather than software, thats why I ask you if you have always had certain issues, like scoliosis for example. Were you born with it? Chances are, if you were, you will know about it, your medical records will show it.
With a hip height difference, one of your complaints maybe lower back pain on one side. However, we all have different pain receptors in the brain, and you may be just fine and not feel a thing.
Place your hands on your hip bones and feel to see which one feels higher.
Your ribs will be closer to your hips your Quadratus Lumborum(Lets call it the QL for short..its easier to type!) – that muscle in the pic on the left here, will be squished on one side, maybe a bit tender to touch.
I will do a simple QL test .
I don’t like using the words tight and weak, as muscles that are weak are not always weak, they can be strong, and we then have images in our brain what feels tight, and feel thats stronger, sending bad vibes to the weaker muscle.
Instead, I like the words organised and disorganised.
Organised are the muscles in the test that have more tone, feel stronger and tighter.
The opposite for disorganised.
Your QL has relationships with other muscles.its that naughty! 🙂
The opposite QL can be disorganised too, or the Psoas.
Looking for movement patterns, seeing how you move, what compensations your brain has been happy to use for a while.
After the simple tests, we can see a difference in the hip levels, and do some easy exercises to maintain the balance in the QL and Psoas muscles, if the tests showed that these muscles were having an dysfunctional relationship..The body is so amazing isn’t it, it will surely find another way around an issue , even if it leads to, eventual, pain and sore muscles. You are a little miracle!
So, once we find out whats going on, and we learn that by doing the tests, rather than just guessing and thinking what should be going on, you may find the back pain goes, your legs feel different, you have more strength in one leg which used to feel like the weaker one, it may change your breathing and if you had a tight shoulder, it may also fix that too, as fixing hip levels can change and reorganised a lot of other stuff happening up the spine.
Never ceases to amaze me, fox me, inspire me, interest me.